One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The origin or mode of formation of something.‘this tale had its genesis in fireside stories’
origin, source, root, beginning, commencement, start, outsetformation, emergence, development, evolution, coming into being, inception, origination, birth, creation, shaping, formulation, invention, engendering, generation, propagationView synonyms
- ‘Since we know that the genesis of the story was the treasure map, can we attack the problem from this direction?’
- ‘The gap was bridged, and that was the genesis of my love of acting.’
- ‘In fact, the genesis of the book fair in 1983 in itself signalled a special synergy with students.’
- ‘The genesis of the focus on the mortgage market was indeed based on the issue of the European single currency.’
- ‘An overview presented the historical genesis of the practice and its evolution.’
- ‘An article in a local paper describes the genesis and construction of the round abode.’
- ‘The genesis of a circular library building involved two of English architecture's greatest names.’
- ‘The genesis of this blog idea came when one of us went off to a foreign university.’
- ‘This book explores the genesis and development of sleep patterns at this stage of the life span.’
- ‘It is important because it helps us to understand the genesis and evolution of the Cuban leadership.’
- ‘His research is impeccable, and he charts the genesis and progress of each of the projects with style and wit.’
- ‘What it does do, though, is provide a wholly plausible explanation in human terms of the genesis of one man's art.’
- ‘In fact, the genesis of this issue lies in the recent Assembly elections.’
- ‘Does design play a role in the genesis of ideas, or merely in its dissemination?’
- ‘Unknown to him, it became the genesis of a new film that has taken 14 long years to become a celluloid reality.’
- ‘The genesis for this book was a desire to grasp the nature of religious belief.’
- ‘Rather, they were the genesis of and continue to be the sustainer of their networks.’
- ‘That was the genesis of the cartoon, which fascinates the young and the old.’
- ‘This mistake was the genesis of all the sorry tale that was to follow.’
- ‘It was the genesis of an onslaught of negativity towards the family that made them all seem a bit more human.’
Early 17th century: from Greek (see Genesis).
The first book of the Bible, which includes the stories of the creation of the world, Noah's Ark, the Tower of Babel, and the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.
Late Old English, via Latin from Greek, ‘generation, creation, nativity, horoscope’, from the base of gignesthai ‘be born or produced’. The name was given to the first book of the Old Testament in the Greek translation (the Septuagint), hence in the Latin translation (the Vulgate).
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